Distinguished delegates and representatives. My name is Rachel Frankel and I call upon the mother of Nadim Siam Abu Nuwara and the mother of Muhammad Abu al-Thahir both seventeen, that were killed by Israeli soldiers in Beitunia several days before my son Naftaly Frankel, sixteen, was kidnapped along with Gil-Ad Sha’ar, sixteen and Eyal Ifrah, nineteen, to join me, Bat-Galim Sha’ar and Iris Ifrah, and together to call upon the mother of Muhammad Dodin, age fifteen, who was killed by Israeli soldiers a few days after the kidnapping, to come on board.
With your permission, I’d like to tell you about us. Six mothers. Three Jewish mothers holding on to every rumor or piece of information to get a sign of life from our children, and three Palestinian mothers that no piece of information or rumor can bring their children back to them. Every mother’s nightmare is waiting and waiting endlessly for her child to come home, and he does not show up. It is wrong to take children, innocent boys or girls, and use them to fuel the conflict. It is cruel. This council is charged with protecting human rights. I wish to ask: Doesn’t every child have the right to come home safely? We just want them back in our homes, in their beds. We just want to hug them again.
I believe in our power to do a lot together, we the six mothers. So I’m standing here today before the United Nations and the world – and call upon every mother wherever she is, Jewish or Palestinian, to act now so no more sons or daughters are hurt. Please, mothers, get out to the streets and protest to put pressure on our leaders, get out to the streets of Ramallah and Tel-Aviv, Al-Khalil and Jerusalem, Nablus and Haifa. And with God’s or Allah’s help, we shall prevail.
The speech Rachel Frankel did give